Staff

Administration

Emily Selim

Superintendent/Principal

Michelle Ebert

Business Manager

Talia

Talia Cechin

Registrar/Office Manager

Jessica

Jessica Windrem

Attendance Secretary

Eli Moreno-Vaca

EL Coordinator

Teachers

Rachelle Coleman

Crimson Clover Kindergarten

Education: B.A., Education, Principia College; B.A., Sociology, Principia College; Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Brandman University; Waldorf Teaching Certificate, Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training

Credentials: Multiple Subject Teaching Credential; Waldorf Teaching Certificate

Biography: Rachelle’s journey with Waldorf education began when she was a kindergartener.  She carried the seeds of that experience with her through her public-school years, and after graduating from college, she completed her Waldorf Teacher Training.  She was a class teacher at the (Waldorf-inspired) Monterey Bay Charter School for 8 years and cherished watching her 2 classes become more capable and creative each year.  She then began a family of her own, whose journey brought her to Ukiah.  While her children were very young, she created an in-home preschool program, and started an Etsy shop featuring Waldorf crafts.  Rachelle is happy to return to her first love, the kindergarten classroom, and share all the magic, joy, and discovery that set her on this path so many years ago.

Camille Meeker

Golden Sun Kindergarten

Education: B.A., Anthropology and Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz; Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Sonoma State University; Waldorf Teaching Certificate, Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training

Credentials: Multiple Subject Teaching Credential; Waldorf Teaching Certificate

Biography: Camille started as a class teacher at River Oak with a class of first graders in 2006. She and the children journeyed through the grades together and graduated eighth grade in June 2014. Her students are now incredibly capable, creative, and kind-hearted adults. After graduating her class, Camille taught Spanish at ROCS, a position for which she was well-qualified as she taught Spanish bilingual classes at the Anne Darling Elementary School in San Jose before joining the faculty at River Oak. Before becoming the Golden Sun Kindergarten Teacher in 2018, Camille took a sabbatical and taught English at Papalotes Oaxaca, a Waldorf initiative in Mexico.  Camille states, “My goals in education are to teach cultural awareness, communication, creativity, and kindness towards each other and the environment.”

Jenn Douthit

Grade 1

Education: B.A., Liberal Studies Elementary Education with a focus on English Language Acquisition from Humboldt State University

Credentials:  K-8 Teaching Credential from HSU with a supplementary authorization to teach English, as well as various trainings at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks & Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training

Biography: Jenn came to River Oak after spending the beginning of her teaching career at several Ukiah schools including Grace Hudson Elementary and Instilling Goodness Girl’s school at The City of 10,000 Buddhas. Before that, she and her husband had also spent two years teaching English in Japan. When their children were old enough, they were enrolled in River Oak and Jenn became interested in pursuing teaching using Waldorf methods. Jenn began her journey into Waldorf education in 2016-17 when she was asked to teach in Golden Sun Kindergarten for a teacher on leave. Following that year, Jenn was hired on to take the third grade class before looping back down to first grade. Though the journey to River Oak was a long one, Jenn has found her home here, believing that her love of music, the arts, and hands-on learning,  is just what our children need to become active, life long learners. When she is not preparing to teach her class, Jenn enjoys working in her vegetable garden, cooking, and handcrafts (sewing and both wet and needle felting). She and her family also have the travel bug and have been to Japan, the UK, France, China, Thailand, and New Zealand. 

Kris Mize

Grade 2

Education: B.A., Liberal Studies, Sonoma State University; Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Dominican University; Waldorf Teaching Certificate, Center for Educational Renewal, Santa Rosa, CA

Credentials: Multiple Subject Teaching Credential; Waldorf Teaching Certificate

Biography: Kris came to River Oak with a background in public school teaching. At Anderson Valley Unified School District, she taught junior high math from 1996 to 2003, fourth grade from 1994-1996, and she served as a resource assistant from 1986-1994. River Oak hired Kris to start-up and direct a new preschool, but the pre-school never came to pass. However, Kris was soon hired to teach a new first grade, and followed them through graduating eighth grade. After graduating her class, Kris served for several years as the Curriculum Coordinator at River Oak, but ultimately knew she was happiest with a classroom full of students. She feels blessed to now be teaching in the grades 1-3 loop, with her wonderful class of second graders. She enjoys gardening, cooking, crafting, reading, swimming, and playing with her six wonderful grandchildren. She loves living in Mendocino County with its beautiful beaches, rivers, and mountains-like one giant playground!

Lori Stubben

Grade 3

Education: B.A., Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz; B.A., Southeast Asian Studies, UC Santa Cruz; Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, California State University, Monterey Bay; Waldorf Teaching Certificate, Rudolf Steiner College, Sacramento; Anthropology, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco; Theater (shadow puppetry and Shakespearean studies), University of Oregon, Ashland

Credentials: Multiple Subject Teaching Credential; Waldorf Teaching Certificate

Biography: Lori joined River Oak in 2000, when she accepted the position of first grade teacher in the school’s first year on Leslie Street. She stayed with her first class until they graduated from eighth grade in 2008, and then she left to teach first grade and theater in Fukuoka, Japan. She then taught 1st to 3rd grades at Novato Waldorf Charter School. In 2013, she returned to River Oak taking a fourth-grade class through to graduation. She is now working on her masters in US history, constructing her thesis on Shakespeare in America. Lori enjoys gardening, international and healthy cooking, dance, theater, singing, travel, and fiber arts (weaving, spinning, and knitting). She spent three years teaching English in Japan, one summer studying archeology in Israel, and two semesters studying Indonesian culture in Java. Most recent travel includes a summer in China and Mongolia and trips to South Korea and Oman. Bringing culture and history to life through the arts is her passion.

Emily Husar

Grade 4

Bio not yet available.

Dolly Oberti

Grade 6

Education: B.A., Liberal Studies (emphasis in Human Development), Sonoma State University; Santa Rosa Junior College; Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, SSU; Waldorf Teaching Certificate, Center for Educational Renewal, Santa Rosa, CA.

Credentials: Multiple Subject Teaching Credential; Waldorf Teaching Certificate

Biography: Dolly Oberti has been a ROCS classroom teacher since 2016, having taken on her current class as second graders. Prior to River Oak Charter School, Dolly held the position as the woodworking and middle school art specialty teacher for six years at SunRidge Charter School in Sebastopol, CA. Born and raised in San Francisco, one of eight children, she appreciates cultural diversity, a sense of community, and family. She moved to Sonoma County, where her four children were born and raised on The Hill, in the home her husband and she built. Dolly was introduced to Waldorf education through her four children, who all experienced a Waldorf K-8 education. She now has four grandchildren and enjoys family time and large gatherings at the dinner table, as well as gardening, building, exploring the arts, and traveling. The deep family roots and multi-generational ties of the River Oak community are impressive. It is an honor to be part of the River Oak team, holding and guiding children into becoming the best humans possible!

Rebekah Martinez

Grade 5

Education: B.A., Psychology, Chico State University; A.A., General Education and Basketball, College of the Canyons; Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Sonoma State University; Waldorf Teacher Training, Center for Educational Renewal, Santa Rosa

Credentials: Multiple Subject Teaching Credential; Waldorf Teaching Certificate

Biography: Rebekah started her career at River Oak when the doors first opened; she was hired as the director of the aftercare program. In 2003 she accepted the first grade teacher position and carried her students through their eighth grade year. She is now in her third teaching cycle with a new group of students whom she started with in first grade also. Rebekah’s educational philosophy stems from her desire “to bring balance in being, reverence for nature, and most importantly love for learning and life.” Her interests include children, the natural world, music, health, fitness, and much more. She enjoys her family and community and hopes to make a difference in the world through love, reverence, and the balance that she brings to teaching and beyond.

Carissa Sadlier

Grade 7

Education: B.A., Humanities, Natural Building and Communities Emphasis, New College of California, San Francisco; The Art of Teaching Grades 1, 2, 3, Rudolf Steiner College, Sacramento; Textiles studies, Mendocino College; Waldorf Teaching Certificate, Rudolf Steiner College, Sacramento; University Intern Teaching Credential, California State University, Monterey Bay

Credentials: Multiple Subject Intern Credential; Waldorf Teaching Certificate

Biography: Carissa was initially hired at River Oak as a classroom aide, and then held the position of handwork teacher for five years until accepting the first grade teacher position in 2014. She embraces Rudolf Steiner’s curriculum for Waldorf schools which is based on a profound understanding of child development, and that addresses the heart and hands, as well as the intellect. She loves all things creative-especially handwork. She has traversed through Europe, visited museums, lived in Paris, and she watched the Berlin Wall fall. She is an advocate of conscious parenting. Her daughter and two sons are graduates of River Oak. Waldorf education spans the generations in her family; her husband attended the Waldorf School of Mendocino County.

Adam Williams

Grade 8

Education: B.A., Environmental Studies and Communications, University of Vermont; Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Dominican University; Waldorf Teaching Certificate, Center for Educational Renewal, Santa Rosa, CA; The Art of Teaching Grades 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, Rudolf Steiner College, Sacramento; Extra trainings in Waldorf education: high school level math, science, and English

Credentials: Multiple Subject Teaching Credential; Waldorf Teaching Certificate

Biography:

Adam joined the River Oak faculty as the eighth grade teacher in 2004 and carried them through graduation. The following year he took the new first grade class and carried those students through their eighth grade year. Presently, he’s completing a teaching cycle with his students who are in the eighth grade. As a boy, Adam grew up in rural Vermont, far away from the hustle and bustle of city life. His childhood experiences helped to cultivate in him an active imagination and a deep respect for nature. He attended the University of Vermont where he majored in Environmental Studies and designed his own minor called “Integrated Communications”. In 1998, Adam wrote a thesis about climate change that was published internationally by the “Earth Island institute”. He also has a background in theatre, has tutored writing at the college level, and is currently working towards publishing his first children’s book. In 2019 he started the Hardin Fly Program here at River Oak, which is sponsored by Orvis, to teach fly fishing to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Adam enjoys fly-fishing and snowboarding when he isn’t busy enjoying time with his family.

Terri Nicholson

Reading Teacher

Education & Credentials: Terri holds a BA in Religion and Chinese from UC Santa Barbara, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Dominican University, and a Reading Certificate from Sonoma State University. 

Biography: She served for many years as a teacher-consultant for the Redwood Writing Project and helped establish and lead a cadre of teachers to oversee the teaching of writing district-wide. She is the author of several plays for children and co-author of several children’s books. She loves, most of all, to help children discover the joy of reading and writing.

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Debora Macy

Resource Specialist

Biography: Debora began teaching as a K-1 teacher at Pacific Community Charter School in Point Arena, during her Master Degree program through Dominican University of California. During her year as grades 6 to 8 teacher at Three Rivers Charter, she realized that she wanted to extend her career to teaching students with special needs. She has also been an independent study teacher at LaVida Charter school and a special education teacher at Ukiah High School, Anderson Valley schools, Willits elementary school, Grace Hudson Dual Language School, and now at River Oak Charter.  She is credentialed as a classroom teacher, Secondary English, and Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe special education with a certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Debora is passionate about supporting students through positive interaction, encouraging self advocacy, and promoting kindness and self confidence.  She is pleased to be at a school that has foundations of learning in a natural environment.  Debora has enjoyed basket making, quilting, bread making, swimming, walking, guitar playing/singing, and spending time with family and friends.

Specialty Teachers

John Cunnan

John Cunnan

Woodworking

Education: A.A., Biodynamic French Intensive Gardening, Riverside City College

Credentials: Vocation Education Credential

Biography: John is an inspiring and patient teacher for woodwork classes in the middle school. His students eagerly anticipate his classes each week. He is also beloved with the aftercare children where he teaches enrichment classes to grades 1-8. One can find aftercare kindergarten students eagerly looking on, awaiting their chance to join his classes when they reach the first grade. In addition to his regular teaching duties, John has created a beautiful master plan for the grounds of the school. He is also the proud grandfather of four River Oak students.

Amy Jirout

Spanish

Bio not yet available